Walled Gardens & Woodlands

There are lots of ways you can support the National Famine Museum, Strokestown House, and our gardens and woodlands.

Visits, donations, membership, and volunteering, as well as bequests, sponsorship, and collaborative partnerships, all play important roles in helping us to run the National Famine Museum and conserve its archive.

Strokestown is managed and cared for by the Irish Heritage Trust, which is a non-profit organisation. This means that every contribution you make, from your admission fee to the price you pay for coffee and cake, is ploughed back into supporting conservation and public access to the National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park, and our sister properties, collections and museums across Ireland.


Strokestown House

Take a tour of Strokestown’s Palladian mansion – one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Ireland – to see how the Irish gentry lived.

With the help of our wonderful local guides, you’ll learn what life was like for everyone in this elite household, above and below stairs.

“Our families are really and truly suffering in our presence and we cannot much longer withstand their cries for food. We have no food for them, our potatoes are rotten and we have no grain”.

Cloonahee Petition
22 August 1846

Explore Strokestown’s

Walk the Famine Way

Trace the footsteps of the 1,490 poor and hungry people who were forced to walk 165km from the Strokestown Park Estate, County Roscommon, to Dublin in 1847 to escape the Great Famine.

The walk – bookended by Ireland’s famine and emigration museums – gives you a unique way to deepen your connection with their stories and their experiences. The Famine Way walk offers you a wonderful way to ge

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Gardens & Woodlands
Then take time to refresh your senses and enjoy our elegant landscaped gardens and lush
woodlands in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

Our children’s woodland trail is a great source of fun and fresh air throughout the changing seasons, and the tranquil gardens are a lovely place to relax before a visit to the Strokestown Café!

Cafe shop
Café & Shop
Relax and enjoy great coffee with a treat, or choose meals prepared with fresh local produce to enjoy with friends or family in the Café.

Our shop has an excellent range of gifts for you to choose from, including thoughtful mementos of your visit to the National Famine Museum.

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Yes. Spaces on tours are limited so we do ask that you book in advance. You can book your tickets here.

Our general admission ticket includes access to the gardens and the Irish Agricultural Museum.

Yes, a carers discount can be availed of on production of a valid carers card.

Yes, we are happy to welcome school students. Please contact us directly for information and rates. 053 918 4671.

Personalize your experience

National Famine Way

Mark your journey by collecting stamps in your National Famine Way Passport.

The passport is part of a National Famine Way package, designed to support your experience, which will be personalized for you or your group.

Make a Donation

Leave a legacy that
honours the past

Donations enable us to carry out the repairs and
conservation work that Strokestown House and gardens require.

They also help us to share Irish heritage stories with people of all ages in Ireland and beyond.

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Events at Strokestown Park

Join us in the heart of Strokestown Park for events that explore the endless, compelling stories shared in the National Famine Museum and Strokestown Park House.

Our varied programme gives visitors of all ages wonderful opportunities to connect with Irish heritage and culture and enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of the Strokestown Park Estate.

  • Join us for exciting exhibitions, fascinating talks, and world-class conferences that explore diverse topics from famine documents and conservation to art history and garden design. 
  • Immerse yourself in family-friendly festivals, seasonal celebrations, and cultural events that draw creatively on the many impressive backdrops across the Museum, House, and Estate.  

How Your Membership Helps the Irish Heritage Trust

By becoming a member of the Irish Heritage Trust, you are joining a community of people who share our passion for preserving the fabric of the properties we care for, along with the unique histories held within them.

Membership fees assist with meeting the ongoing costs of caring for historic estates, and they also support access to their stories and collections through museums, exhibitions, and archives open to the public and scholars of Irish heritage.

Take a Self-Guided Tour

A mixture of imaginative scene-setting and innovative audio, audio-visual, and touchscreen resources – as well as our family activity guide – help to make a museum visit a fascinating, immersive experience for people of all ages. Our audio-guides are available in six languages: English, Irish, French, Spanish, German and Mandarin.

Encounter the voices of the famine through original documents produced by people whose lives were tied to the Strokestown Park Estate.

Discover what simple everyday objects, from farming tools to worn-out shoes, can tell us about the lived experience of famine at different levels of Irish society.

Learn about the political, social, economic, and environmental factors that played a part in the Great Irish Famine and contributed to its devastating human cost.


Family-Friendly Fun at Strokestown Park

Check out our events calendar for things to do with kids at The National Famine Museum | Strokestown Park throughout the year.

Easter egg hunts, Winter Wonderland adventures, nature trails, and outdoor theatre performances are just some of the entertaining events on offer across the house and gardens on this impressive Roscommon estate!


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